Tickets to the 2023 Le Cordon Bleu Summer Festival include access to the Salon Gourmet Tasting Area. This area will feature various samples throughout the day including a Wine Bar featuring wines from Louis Latour and Banfi, and Cognac Frapin and Champagne Gosset. Caviar will be available from Caviar House & Prunier, while Daily Fish Supplies will be on hand with fresh seafood for Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs and students to create into some incredible dishes for you to sample. Bonne Maman will showcase their offerings, and Smith & Brock will be providing its fresh produce to Le Cordon Bleu Master Chefs and students who will be creating some sample dishes to highlight the incredible ingredients.
The Latour family have been vinegrowers in Aloxe-Corton, Burgundy since 1768. They founded a négociant business, in order to trade wines, in 1797. The company has been passed through the founding family since its creation and is currently in the hands of the 11th generation. The Latour’s have always blended traditional knowhow with an innovative and pioneering spirit, embracing new techniques and developments, where they can augment their traditional working practices.
Louis Latour owns almost 50 hectares of vineyard in the Côte d’Or, which includes the largest single holding of Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy. Beyond this, it has vineyards in Beaujolais and the Var and have a significant winemaking project in the Ardèche in partnership with local growers. The most notable of Louis Latour’s wineries is their Cuverie in Aloxe-Corton. The Cuverie was constructed in the 1830s and was France’s first gravity-fed winery. It remains in full working order and is where all the company’s Burgundy Domaine wines are made.
Other notable elements of the Louis Latour business include their in-house cooperage and long-term commitment to environmental sustainability. The cooperage makes around 2000 barrels each year, some for Louis Latour’s own use and the rest for other wineries around the world. Sustainable working practices have been at the centre of Louis Latour’s business since the 1990s, in recognition of the need to protect and sustain the environment in which a business is based. This led to internationally recognised acrditations including ISO 14001 Environmental Management Systems since 2003, in 2010 they were instrumental in the foundation of the Paysage de Corton Association which has seen the villages growers band together to protect and renerate the vineyards and the surrounding flora and fauna. Most recently Louis Latour was awarded High Environmental Value Level 3 accreditation.
Gosset is the oldest wine house in Champagne. It was founded in Aÿ in 1584, before the region’s wines sparkled, and at that time was known for its red wines which competed alongside the famed red wines of Burgundy. In the 18th century Gosset began to make the sparkling wines and adopted the unique flask-shaped bottle that is still used today.
The house’s wines are characterised by their purity and expressiveness. Grapes come mainly from premier and grand cru vineyards surrounding Epernay and their winemaking style is characterised by minimal intervention, extended ageing and no malolactic fermentation.
Since 1993 Gosset has been owned by the Renaud Cointreau family who have sought to protect the quality and character of the wines. This has led them to keep production levels moderate and to respect the history of the house along with the integrity of the region and its vineyards.
Cognac Frapin has an illustrious history. Still in original family ownership, the company’s head Jean-Pierre Cointreau is a direct descendant of the founder and can trace his family’s vine growing and distilling history back to 1270.
The company is unique and differs greatly from the region’s other significant producers. Their Cognacs are made entirely on the family’s single estate which includes 240 hectares of vines surrounding the Château de Fontpinot with its distillery and ageing warehouses over two levels. The whole property lies in the Grande Champagne area which is regarded as Cognac’s best appellation and is highly prized for both the quality and intensity of its spirits and their longevity.
The extended ageing that all Frapin’s Cognacs receive sets them apart from their competitors and contributes to the House’s rich, complex and smooth style.
Castello Banfi was founded in 1978 by the Mariani family, Italian-Americans who had been involved in wine importing and distribution since 1919. They saw great potential in this then sleepy Tuscan region and from the start their goal was to establish a point of excellence in Montalcino.
Combining a respect for tradition and the environment with state-of-the-art research and working practices, they have helped to transform the region’s wines and established Banfi’s reputation in an impressively short period of time. They produce premium wines in Montalcino and beyond with a profound respect for the land and people from which they come.
Caviar House and Prunier is a brand truly synonymous with luxurious living. Not only known as the first UK retailer to produce their very own caviar Prunier, but also famed for the manufacture of their smoked salmon Balik.
In addition, as leaders in the premium food and beverage industry, we work with some of the very best suppliers both locally and around the globe to share with our clientele a full repertoire of luxury goods from cheeses, foie gras, spirits, wines, and Champagnes.
Caviar House & Prunier boasts three luxury restaurants and Seafood Bars in London, with a reputation for serving the finest quality seafood.
Bonne Maman was founded in a small village nestled in a beautiful region in the Southwest of France known for its superior fruit. Inspired by time-honoured family recipes, love of homemade food and the wish to bring people closer every day, these values are still at the core of everything Bonne Maman.
Every Bonne Maman offering is designed to delight. Simple, natural ingredients you could find in your kitchen are lovingly brought together under the highest quality standards. The finished product tastes like homemade and feels specially prepared for you and those you cherish.
The essence of Bonne Maman is to nurture little moments of love and care, like time spent with friends and family sharing delicious recipes from past and present. From breakfasts in bed to decadent desserts, its carefully crafted recipes help create smiles and sweet memories.
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